'Perfect lad' Jordan Tucker died in crash on way to pick up award
A YOUNG mechanic died when he was involved in a car crash while on his way to receive an award.
Jordan Tucker was due to pick up his second apprentice of the year award when he lost control of his Ford Fiesta as he was driving from Avonmouth towards Pilning.
The popular 20-year-old died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the collision in St Andrew's Road, an inquest into his death heard.
Sitting at Flax Bourton Coroner's Court, assistant deputy coroner Terence Moore recorded a verdict of accidental death.
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Mr Tucker was pronounced dead by a paramedic shortly after the collision on October 19.
The inquest yesterday heard that Mr Tucker, who lived in Napier Road, Avonmouth, was seen driving at excessive speed before having to negotiate a bend in the road.
He lost control of his car, causing it to hit a Volkswagen Touareg 4x4 travelling in the opposite direction.
Collision investigator PC Andrew Grigg said that Mr Tucker "negotiated the bend at speed" but said he could not establish the speed at which he was travelling.
He said he did not believe Mr Tucker was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
Mr Moore concluded that Mr Tucker appeared to have been driving quite fast on St Andrew's Road and had overtaken another vehicle at speed, but the driver could not say at what speed. He said that following the straight stretch of road there was a right hand bend and "a number of circumstances came together," to cause the accident.
"The bend would have been safe to travel at something in the region of 57mph," Mr Moore said.
But the combination of the road being wet and that it had metal rails on it "would have disturbed the grip of the vehicle entering the bend".
"As a result of that he sustained multiple injuries," Mr Moore said.
"In these circumstances I say that, on the balance of probabilities, this was an accidental death and record that verdict."
Mr Tucker's mother Sherri Weston said after the inquest: "He was a really lovely lad and I was very proud of him. He never got into any trouble and was a really good lad."
His dad Nick Male said: "We never had any problems with him growing up. He was polite and well-mannered.
"He had done very well for himself and was on his way to pick up his apprentice of the year award for the second year.
"Jordan was always helping people. He would stop if someone had broken down and pick them up.
"He was good at sport and played rugby and football.
"He was just a perfect lad, really."